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The Roads Australia Fellowship Program

The Roads Australia (RA) Fellowship Program is a unique mentoring initiative that matches industry ‘up and comers’ with some of the most experienced, senior leaders in the Australian infrastructure sector. 

The program provides opportunities and encouragement for the next generation to develop leadership skills, build strong networks and stay engaged in our industry.

The Fellowship Program is proudly supported by:

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How does it work?

The Fellowship Program is a national mentoring program that pairs industry leaders (Mentors) with managers of 10 to 15 years’ experience who exhibit strong leadership potential (Fellows).

The Program runs for approximately 12 months, with a new intake each year. Each Fellow is matched with a Mentor in his or her home state. Participants meet frequently over the course of the year, with the Mentors providing one-on-one career counselling and leadership development.

The Program commences with an Induction Workshop and Annual Fellows Dinner.  In addition, all Fellows come together for a mid-year site visit and an end-of-program dinner.

Fellowship opportunities are exclusive to staff employed by member organisations of Roads Australia.

How do I participate?

Nominations for 2018 are now closed.

Nominations for the next intake of Fellows (2019) will be called in the second half of 2018.

Applicants will be asked to download and complete an application form and return it with a Letter of Nomination from their employer and a copy of their resume. Fellows will then be selected by a Roads Australia panel and will be notified in October. The program for successful Fellows will commence with an end-of-year Welcome Reception and Dinner.

For more information, contact our Membership Manager, Hannah Sauvarin, at or phone (03) 9821 5255.

What does it cost?

There is a $5,500 (inc gst) registration fee for each participating Fellow. This covers the cost of travel, accommodation and other incidentals associated with the induction, site visit and end-of program events. It also includes complimentary registration at Roads Australia industry lunches.

Who is involved?

The Program enjoys the support of some of the most respected leaders in our industry.

It is chaired by Ray Fisher, a former CEO of Emoleum and Immediate Past President of Roads Australia.  As the Chair of Executive Connection, Ray is himself an experienced mentor.

Confirmed mentors include current and former chief executives of road agencies and major private sector infrastructure companies and senior political leaders.

The long-term benefits

As a Fellow, you’ll have unprecedented access to someone who’s ‘been there, done that’. You’ll be able to tap their extensive knowledge, experience and skills; to seek their advice and guidance on your career path and learn first-hand the lessons of senior management.

The benefits will extend far beyond the formal 12-month Program. This is about creating lasting networks: between individual Mentors and Fellows, and among Fellows.

Indeed, it is expected that Fellows will remain “Fellows for life” and through the Fellowship Chapter will be marked by Roads Australia as industry leaders of the future.

Gender diversity

Roads Australia recognises the need for gender equality across the industry. The Program actively promotes diversity. Our target is to achieve a balanced representation of men and women in the Fellowship Chapter. This will be reflected in the selection process.